9/11 Memorial Reopens After Months-Long Closure

July 05, 2020 - 9:38 am

The 9/11 Memorial opened to family members of victims, frontline workers and first responders on Saturday after being closed for nearly four months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Reopening on the Fourth of July was itself a powerful symbol that the city is coming back.

“The 9/11 Memorial is a powerful tribute to those we lost, and to the character of our nation.” - 9/11 Memorial & Museum Board Chairman Michael R. Bloomberg. A special moment was held at the #911Memorial before opening to 9/11 family and community. https://t.co/wkIjMzR96J pic.twitter.com/8Gjmfu1IHH

— 9/11 Memorial & Museum (@Sept11Memorial) July 4, 2020

“Our nation can come back. We’ve been challenged before. We were challenged at the very beginning of the history of this country and we fought for principles we believed in,” said Alice Greenwald, president and CEO of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, Sen. Chuck Schumer, Gov. Phil Murphy and 9/11 Memorial & Museum Chairman Michael Bloomberg joined others to place American flags around the Survivor Tree to remember 9/11 survivors who died of COVID-19.

Photo credit Kristie Keleshian/WCBS 880

“The impact of the pandemic. The way we feel about it. The way our lives have been so profoundly altered. The grief that we feel over this unthinkable loss of life. Much of that is similar,” Greenwald said.

The 9/11 Memorial is sacred ground that unfortunately had to close in March due to COVID-19. It reopens this weekend and is a reminder to the world of the strength and resilience of New York City. pic.twitter.com/KHBy1sbFJv

— City of New York (@nycgov) July 4, 2020

“Today is a day of positivity and renewal and hope, because we have once again come back,” said Anthoula Katsimatides, a board of trustees member of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

It was an emotional day for Katsimatides, who lost her brother John on 9/11.

Photo credit Kristie Keleshian/WCBS 880

“I’m eternally grateful to the folks that work here and continue to keep this place open, safe, because they are continuing to give the family members a place where we can remember and memorialize,” Katsimatides said.

Both the memorial and the museum have been closed since mid-March because of the coronavirus. The memorial will open to the public on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. with safety measures like social distancing in place. The museum will remain closed for now.

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